Budapest :

Pearl of the Danube.

by | Oct 5, 2017

Budapest Interrail Hungary (12)
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Budapest definitely is our favorite visited city during our Interrail trip.

A great way to first understand Budapest History and the peoples that live in is to go on a fun guided tour. A Tuk Tuk tour made it even funnier. No traffic issues with the small Italian three-wheeled vehicles. Our guide Barney explained the story behind most of the main landmarks in Budapest and we covered in 3 hours so much more ground that we could have done by foot or public transport.

TukTuk Budapest

This is the statue of Prince Buda and Princess Pest (by Vadász György) not far from the Garden of Philosophy (below photo). From the liberty statue, face the river and follow the paths to the left.

Every statue in the Garden of Philosophy seems Asian as the artist – Nándor Wagner – spent the last 25 years of his life living and working in Japan (he died of Cancer before finishing this one).

The good thing with a guided tour instead of travel books is that they will also give you their opinion, memory and fun facts. The tour could only be done in English and Hungarian when we were there and you can start your tour anywhere with free pick up at your place. We asked our pilot/guide to drop us at the Budapest Makery where we went to a brand new experience.

You basically cook your own meal in that restaurant (it is also possible to order from the menu). We never saw that concept anywhere else. The Budapest Makery don’t just give you a masterclass but let you choose the starter, main course, and dessert from a large menu.

Each “guest” have a tablet where you will have to choose the appropriate video with direction on how/which tools to use and what adequate temperature to cook the ingredient. The staff already prepare for you for the ingredients of the chosen dish. It is the perfect activity for a first date or a team building but you might need to book early enough to lock your spot.

We had:

  • Corn Fritters with Garlic Sour Cream   1200 FT
  • Saltimbocca with Dill & Orange   1900 FT
  • Lecso Vegetable Stew with Egg Barley & Pork Tenderloin   3200 FT
  • Rose Duck Breast with Lecso Puree & Baby Vegetables   3600 FT

After a “light” lunch, it was time for a drink. Budapest most famous bar isn’t underground anymore but it is definitely worth checking. Szimpla Kert (created in 2002) is one of the many ruin bars (over 15) in the Hungarian capital – a bar located in an abandoned building converted y a group of anarchists, hipsters, artists’ collectives and squatters.

Each one has its own style, often developed from recycled objects. It went from an underground location for artists to expose to a place to be when visiting Budapest. Getting a carrot from the waiter in Szimpla Kert is a tradition.

While we were in Budapest for the Sziget Festival we decided to take a break and give a go to another famous weekly party in town. The Sparty takes place during the winter in the Lukas Bath and in the larger Szechenyi Bath during the summer every Saturday night.

Visiting a thermal bath is a must do in Budapest but why not enjoy the 33+ degree water while dancing and enjoying some visual effect on the wall of a historic monument? There are many packages available from the basic one to the one with your own locked cabin and VIP access.

⇓ You can find more info about our Sziget Festival experience by clicking the logo bellow ⇓

25-year-logo sZIGET fESTVAL

We enjoyed Budapest while staying at the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus. Located in the very heart of the city and close to all major attractions (a metro station is 50m away from the hotel). It is also easily reachable from the airport by the 100E bus to Deak Ferenc Tér.

The design of the room we were in was on the old word side which cannot be the everyones favorite but the wing was going to be renovated the following week so it should be more modern now. A delicious breakfast is served at the ES Bisztro restaurant, the buffet seems endless and as it is written on the wall “stressed is dessert written backward”. And you know how much we love breakfast.

While Loïc went on a photo expedition took some time for myself and tried the Autumn Sleep Stillness massage and it was one of my favorite experienced. I am very demanding when it comes to massage, and the masseuse understood me completely. The pool area with the sauna, hammam, and spa offers everything a 5-star hotel can offer.

We also tried the El Bistro for dinner:

  • Beef tenderloin tartar
  • Avocado, pineapple, and goat cheese.
  • Mangalica pork neck (typical Hungarian dishes)
  • Grilled Pike perch with green asparagus carrot and vanilla

We will not forget our stay in Budapest but would love to come back outside of the Sziget season to experience it differently.We already have many things on a list to do when coming back. One of them is to dive in an unreal location. A limestone mine that was transformed into a brewery. You can now dive in the flooded cellar of the “Kobanya” brewery.

In a nutshell:

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest:

Address : Budapest, Erzsébet tér 7, 1051 Hungary


Email: [email protected]

Telephone : +36 1 429 3777

ÉS Bisztró:

Address : Budapest, Deák Ferenc u. 12, 1052 Hungary


Telephone : +36 1 429 3990

Budapest Tuk Tuk:


Email: [email protected]

Telephone : +36 70 257 3020

Budapest Makery:

Address : Budapest, Dob u. 38, 1072 Hongrie


Email: [email protected]

Telephone : +36 30 504 0640



Email: [email protected]

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